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Karnataka in Details >> Temples of Karnataka

The Karnataka landscape is characterized by a profusion of ancient temples and sacred shrines that have withstood the vagaries of time. These temples, spread across the length and breadth of the state, are renowned as much for their magnificent architecture as for their religious pre-eminence.

Shops outside of a temple in KarnatakaThe growth and proliferation of temples in Karnataka can be ascribed to the zealous efforts of a succession of royal dynasties who reigned supreme in the Deccan plateau. The Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Gangas, Vijayanagara Kings - all of them were devout rulers and prolific temple builders.

During their reign, each of these kingdoms has given rise to a distinctive school of temple architecture. While the Badami Chalukyas were the builders of rock cut caves and ancient temple complexes, the Hoysalas built temples on raised complex star shaped platforms. The Hoysala temples were characterized by a wealth of intricate carvings and friezes on the temple walls.

Karnataka has also been home to prodigious scholars and great spiritual leaders like Adi Shankaracharya and Saint Basaveshwara who consecrated a number of holy shrines and temples.

For more information about the Temples of Karnataka, we have mentioned a table below with all major temples within the state of Karnataka, just click on the links for further details.

Temples in Karnataka



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